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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server

    The Microsoft Azure offering has been around for a while and offered features and abilities are continually improved upon. However not everyone is ready to migrate to Cloud . Microsoft’s latest offering, Azure Pack, provides the Azure portal feel, but for your on-premises datacenter. Azure Pack...
  • Blog Post: Addressing Windows Server 2003 Migration Uncertainty

    In 2003, I was a strapping 14 year old entering the 9th grade. The original XBOX was just catching its stride. Camera phones we’re quickly becoming popular. Windows Server 2003 was introduced by Microsoft. On July 14, 2015, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003. There are some very serious...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Changing The UPN Suffix For An Entire Domain Via PowerShell

    Some organizations require the use of multiple UPN suffixes for their operations. From time to time, these same organizations will have the requirement to do mass a UPN suffix change. I recently faced said challenge while changing the domain name suffix which ended with .local to a public domain name...
  • Blog Post: 20 Helpful Steps Migrating Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    Windows Server 2003 support ends July 14th 2015. While you’ve probably heard this a multitude of times, the severity of support no longer being offered by Microsoft for this aging server offering could be detrimental security wise to the organization you support. The following are 25 steps that...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building a System Center Virtual Machine Manager Lab - Part 1

    Curiosity has gotten the best of me recently and this time around System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has peaked my interest. The following is a quick overview of what has been created thus far: Prerequisites A physical server with at minimum 8 (prefer 16) GBs of RAM. This is above...
  • Blog Post: Top 6 New Features Offered in Hyper-V Technical Preview

    Since its release back in October 2014, the latest Windows Server Technical Preview made available has created a great deal of buzz around Microsoft’s further attempt to close the gap between on-premise and in-cloud datacenters. Most notably are the announcements made at the recent Ignite conference...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Allowing or Preventing Domain Users From Joining Workstations to the Domain

    By default, an Active Directory domain environment allows any authenticated domain user the ability to add workstations to said domain 10 times. With that being said, there may come a time and organization may require to increase or decrease this limit. An example of this would be an authenticated user...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Active Directory Objects From Accidental Deletion

    IT professionals sometimes worry when enabling Domain Administration or other Active Directory privileges to designated local administrators. Accidents can and will happen. One of the more common accidents is the deletion of objects and/or profiles in Active Directory. The Windows Server 2012 R2 implementation...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Further Detail In Setting Up DirectAccess

    Now that you have successfully complete installation of DirectAccess Client services , lets go into further detail regarding the configuration process. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess are enabled via a solution accelerator called a DCA ( DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant ...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

    DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing and Configuring Azure PowerShell

    “IT administrators have nothing but time on their hands…” A comment heard from time to time by those unfamiliar with the daily rigors of an IT Professional. PowerShell, when harnessed correctly, can be a great time saver to ensure all pertinent tasks are not only completed but automated...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

    When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\ folder path. This provides an...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up Active Directory Sites, Subnets & Site-Links

    Two topologies are found in a successful network, Physical Topology and Logical Topology . Physical Topology represents the structure of the network which includes network topologies, hardware placements, IP address allocations. Logical Topology represents the security boundaries of said network, network...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

    Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating AD FS 2.0 to AD FS 3.0 for Office365 Single Sign-On

    AD FS 3.0, included in Windows Server 2012 R2 , provides a great deal of advancement over is predecessor. There are a couple different paths when migrating AD FS from version 2.0 to AD FS 3.0. The one detailed below completes a parallel install, exporting the AD FS 2.0 configuration and importing to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 10

    Details are beginning to emerge as to how Windows 10 will empower IT Professionals . What such detail made know recently is the availability of Server Manager specifically made available for Windows 10. Server Manager for Windows 10 provides the same robust capabilities to manage multiple servers, roles...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating Windows Server 2003 FSMO Roles To Windows Server 2012 R2

    With it being over 10 years since the Windows Server 2003 release, there is now less than 5 months left as of the time of this post was published for official Microsoft support. This guide was created as additional resource addressing the need to transfer DC FSMO roles from windows server 2003 to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up Printers via Group Policy

    In this installment we look at how to setup printers in group policy. As with all the Group Policies created, the policy will apply to all PCs thus enforcing standardization. This is invaluable to IT professionals as it addresses one less thing to check of the troubleshooting list. Note: screenshots...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring on-premises Lync Server 2013 integration Office 365 Unified Messaging

    Utilizing an edge server and configuring a federation with Office 365 allows you to benefit from voice mail features in the cloud with Lync Server on-premises infrastructure . Microsoft supports the following architectures Deploying website: Lync Server 2013 and Exchange UM are deployed locally...
  • Blog Post: Étape-Par-Étape: Configuration de l’intégration Lync Serveur 2013 avec Office 365 UM

    Un serveur Edge et la configuration d'une fédération avec Office 365 vous permet de bénéficier des fonctionnalités de messagerie vocale dans le nuage en ayant une infrastructure serveur Lync sur site. Microsoft supporte les architectures suivantes Déploiement...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

    Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Start Screen has the ability to be setup as an informational dashboard. This provides the ability for an employee to quickly glean required information, then just as quickly, set off to complete their required task. The upcoming Windows 10 offering will further Start functionality...
  • Blog Post: Mobility Solutions: Enabling Workplace Join Via PowerShell

    Workplace join is a great secure enabler of devices that traditionally cannot join a organizations domain. Provisioned as a self-service tool, Workplace join securely joins devices running iOS, Android and of course Windows to an organization’s Windows Server 2012 R2 domain to access network specific...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy: Creating A Standard Local Admin Account

    Much has been covered thus far in the Group Policy series : How to create a new policy How to link a GP to an OU How to navigate the GP management GUI Additional remediation technics. This post will detail the setup of a group policy that will create a standard local admin account...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating DHCP From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is nearing quickly. To address this concern, Microsoft provides great tools to assist organizations in their migration efforts. Windows Server Migration Tools, introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 enables administrators to migrate server roles, features, configuration...